The Benefits and Challenges of Virtual Board Meetings

The Benefits and Challenges of Virtual Board Meetings

Meeting in person is a challenge for nonprofit board members. However, with virtual technology there are numerous benefits meeting in virtual form. These include:

The capability to reach out a larger geographic area. This could result in a greater diversity of the board, and a more comprehensive view of governance.

Reduced travel costs. This could save time, money and decrease the environmental impact of board member travel.

There is less confusion around attendance and quorum. This is particularly true when you use an application for managing boards that allows for members to sign in.

More flexibility with scheduling. This allows nonprofits the flexibility to arrange board meetings at times most convenient for their members.

Engagement increased. This is easier to achieve by having a well-planned agenda and clear and organized board meeting structure. A more cooperative and engaged board will result in better decision-making.

Virtual Board Meetings: Challenges

Although it’s much more easy to concentrate on work during a virtual meeting than physical ones but it’s difficult to avoid distractions, such as checking emails or having snacks during the call. To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to establish a protocol for conversation before the meeting. For example, letting attendees know that it’s appropriate to shut off their microphone when they are not speaking will help reduce background noise during discussions. Also, keeping meetings short is essential to keep attention and engagement. Making sure you check in regularly with remote attendees can also help.